Swift's "A Modest Proposal" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Swift's "A Modest Proposal"
This paper analyzes the use of irony in Swift's "A Modest Proposal".
# 17200 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 1972 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)


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"A contradiction between the literal and the intended meaning, "A Modest Proposal" brings to mind a "Hansel and Gretel" aspect of fattening someone for slaughter. However, this aspect is far from the immediate message of the satire, or so it seems.

"I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London; that a young healthy child, well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food; whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled; and, I make no doubt, that it will equally serve as a fricassee, or ragout.". Undoubtedly, a strange saying unless one considers the irony of the stage set for era and country where famine played the lead role. With children left to starve in the streets, might it not have been simpler to "sell" them for nourishment of other bellies? At least, Swift seems to cry out, they would serve a ... "

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